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Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken

Fried chicken has always been a family favorite. Don't be surprised by the amount of salt in the buttermilk brine. It gives the chicken great flavor.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 3 ounces chicken plain or spicy variation
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Cook: 12 mins per batch

Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken

Ingredients

Directions

  1. For brine, in a resealable plastic bag set in a bowl combine the 3 cups buttermilk, the coarse salt, and sugar. Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise. Add all chicken pieces to the brine; seal bag. Turn bag to coat chicken with brine mixture. Chill for 2 to 4 hours; remove chicken from brine. Drain chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Divide flour mixture evenly between two shallow dishes. Place the 3/4 cup buttermilk in another shallow dish. Dip chicken into flour mixture in the first shallow dish, turning to completely coat. Dip flour-coated chicken in the buttermilk, turning to coat. Coat again with flour mixture in the second shallow dish.
  3. Meanwhile, in a deep, heavy Dutch oven or kettle, or a deep-fat fryer, heat 1-1/2 inches oil to 350 degrees F. Using tongs carefully add a few pieces of chicken to Dutch oven. (Oil temperature will drop; maintain temperature at 325 degrees F.) Fry chicken for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F for breasts; 180 degrees F for thighs and drumsticks), and coating is golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep fried chicken warm in a 300 degree F oven while frying remaining chicken pieces. Makes 6 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Spicy Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken:

Prepare as above, except add 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.

Pecan Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken:

Prepare as above, except, reduce the flour to 1-1/4 cups and add 3/4 cup ground pecans to the flour mixture.

Nutrition Facts per 3 ounces chicken: 585 cal., 40 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 88 mg chol., 1,191 mg sodium, 25 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 33 g pro.

Daily Values: 1% vit. A, 2 % vit. C, 10% calcium, 17% iron.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 3 1/2 Medium-Fat Meat, 4 Fat

Nutrition Facts (Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken)

    Per serving:
  • 549 kcal cal.,
  • 30 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 88 mg chol.,
  • 1191 mg sodium,
  • 35 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 34 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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